October issue of Evangelicals Now is live online now :)

October issue cover page

October issue cover page

Check out the latest articles in the October issue – hot off the press!


EU referendum from both sides… (June issue highlights)

Out now in the JUNE 2016 issue of Evangelicals Now…

Back : Front Cover : UKnews : NIBS (Page 2)Initially thought to be impossible but now for 20 years SAT-7 has been broadcasting the gospel into Middle Eastern homes – we have the story.

• The EU referendum – A Christian minister is ‘for’ and a Christian MP is ‘against’

Is trying to make the church ‘culturally relevant’ backfiring?  – Adrian Reynolds has a book review

The June 2016 issue is out now! Read it online or enjoy the printed paper with your morning cuppa!

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Paths of wisdom by Helen Thorne: Self-harm?

photo: istock

photo: istock

It can feel a little mysterious.

Most of us try to avoid pain. But self-harm – the act of inflicting pain or injury on yourself – is far from rare. Statistics are notoriously hard to verify but it’s thought that about 13% of 11–16 year olds will try – some continue well into adulthood.

But what is it?

Unlike attempted-suicide (an act of self-injury intended to end life), self-harm is an attempt to keep living in the midst of huge pain.

We live in a fallen world. All of us know what it is to be hurt but, for some, the hurt runs particularly deep. Bullying, sexual abuse, domestic violence – even living in a perfectionistic environment – can cause devastating emotional wounds. And, as these painful situations persist…(to read more click here)

More about Biblical Counselling UK is available at www.biblicalcounselling.org.uk or you can contact them at info@biblicalcounselling.org.uk or c/o Christ Church, Christchurch Street, Cambridge CB1 1HT

This article was first published in the February 2016 issue of Evangelicals Now. For more news, articles or reviews, visit us online or subscribe to en for monthly updates.

Who’s ready?

Testing the calibre of those preparing to enter Christian ministry

Men or boys? | photo: istock

Men or boys? | photo: istock

During the days of the Cold War, Brother Andrew began what has become the work of Open Doors.

He felt the call of God to run Bibles secretly into Communist countries to beleaguered churches and Christian leaders for their encouragement. It is interesting to read in his famous book, God’s Smuggler, about how the ministry expanded and how he tended to select people to join the work.

‘It wasn’t that we couldn’t find volunteers – almost every time one of us spoke someone offered himself for our work. The problem was to know whether or not these were the people God was sending us. In an effort to weed out the novelty-seekers and the merely curious I often said: ‘As soon as your own ministry of encouragement is started behind the Iron Curtain, get in touch with us and let’s see if we can work together.’1

For those offering to join his ministry Brother Andrew’s approach was to set them a working test of initiative and discipleship…(to read more click here)

Dr. John Benton

This article was first published in the February issue of Evangelicals Now. For more news, articles or reviews, visit us online or subscribe to en for monthly updates.

Meet the big guys! (book review)

From the Apostolic Fathers to the Twentieth
By Michael Reeves
IVP. 335 pages. £14.99
ISBN 978 1 783 592 722

Historical theology is a valuable tool for deepening and enriching our understanding of the Christian faith.

While our theology must be based on Scripture as our supreme authority and should also be conversant with the thinking and cultural context of today’s world, we would be foolish to ignore what previous generations have taught. Faithful theology must be deeply informed by the church’s tradition. This is not traditionalism, although that is a constant danger, but rather the way of wisdom as we learn from the best that has been left to us by our forefathers.

However, there is bad and good historical theology. Bad historical theology cherry-picks the bits from the past that we like and that confirm what we think rather than reading the older theologians in their historical context. Sadly there is far too much of that kind of historical theology among evangelicals... (to read more click here)

Kenneth Brownell, senior minister, East London Tabernacle

This article was first published in the February 2016 issue of Evangelicals Now. For more news, articles or reviews, visit our website or subscribe to en for regular updates.

Serving as a single woman

Rebecca and Eleanor investigate the joys and challenges of the unmarried Christian worker

photo: iStock

photo: iStock

Biblical Christianity values singleness like no other world religion.

It is a prized and precious gift, an encouraged option for a fulfilled life of service. Yet many Christian singles struggle with this ‘gift’. A huge proportion – our estimate is more than half – of women in full-time ministry are single1. We conducted interviews with over 50 people 2 in order to investigate the challenges and blessings for single women working in UK churches, para-church organisations and on the mission field, with the aim of encouraging and affirming them and better equipping those working alongside them.

We will report our findings in a series of three en articles. Here, in the first, we share our summary observations.

Unique ministry

Our respondents were eager to talk of the privilege and joy of serving the Lord. They felt that their singleness forced them to rely on God in deeper ways than colleagues with a spouse to talk to, and several spoke of the sweetness of uttering their first and last words of the day to Jesus. They rejoiced in the.…(to read more click here)

This article was first published in the February issue of Evangelicals Now. For more news, articles or reviews, visit us online or subscribe to en for monthly updates.

News from around the world to fuel our prayers

World news in brief - page 11 May issue

World news in brief – page 11 May issue

Here are a handful of news-bites included in the May issue of en to help us in remembering our brothers and sisters around the world. Please use these articles to spur your prayers, personally or in regular prayer meetings, as we pray for persecuted Christians worldwide.

Africa: ministry begun
Canada: third country
Egypt: finally cleared
Middle East: joining hands
USA: announced
Yemen: rescued

For more news and prayer fuel from around world and in the UK visit our website or subscribe to en for monthly updates.